Tag:MLB Rumors
Posted on: December 1, 2010 3:14 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 4:48 pm

Denorfia signing likely cements Padres' outfield

Chris Denorfia The Padres have made one decision on their crowded outfield official, agreeing to a deal with Chris Denorfia, meaning they've unofficially made their decision on what their outfield will look like next season.

After acquiring Cameron Maybin from Florida last month, the team was left with four arbitration-eligible outfielders -- Denorfia, Ryan Ludwick, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston. The team has reportedly offered Ludwick arbitration and with Denorfia on board, it seems Gwynn and Hairston will be non-tendered before tomorrow night's deadline.

Denorfia has signed a one-year deal worth $800,000 for 2010, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports .

"That was one of the great things about getting the deal done now," Denorfia told Brock. "It took the uncertainty out of the winter for me. That's something I've never had. It was just really important to get this done as soon as possible."

Denorfia hit .271/.335/.433 with nine home runs and 36 RBI last season, stealing eight bases in 317 plate appearances. Denorfia will likely be the team's fourth outfielder.

That leaves a starting outfield with Ludwick in left, Maybin in center and Will Venable in right.

UPDATE: According to the North County Times , the team has indeed non-tendered Gwynn.

"I kind of had the feeling it could happen, especially after the trade," Gwynn told the paper. "But that's the business of the game. It was just bad timing as far as I had my best defensive season and my worst offensive season. It was bad timing not to hit."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:42 pm

'No way' Greinke pitches in New York

Greinke Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that there's "no way" Zack Greinke would play in New York, as a source says.

This comes on the heels of George King of the New York Post saying that Yankee sources don't believe the original report that Greinke would go to New York if it meant getting out of Kansas City.

And so the latest goes in the Greinke/New York storyline, certain to be a rumor that won't end until Greinke retires.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 2:31 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 4:46 pm

A's met with Berkman, not Dunn

Dunn The San Francisco Chronicle has revealed that Adam Dunn met with the Athletics Tuesday in Houston.

Dunn is seeking a four-year deal north of $60 million, which may price Oakland out. However, if Dunn finds the market not to his liking, the A's may be able to play ball with a reduced price tag.

Further holding Oakland back is Dunn's preferring to play the field, not DH.

The A's also met with Lance Berkman, who they are targeting very seriously to fill that DH role.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: The San Francisco Chronicle 's Susan Slusser tweets that her report was inaccurate, the team didn't meet with Dunn, they are targeting Lance Berkman as their designated hitter. Slusser notes the team is "in" on Dunn, but focused on Berkman.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:42 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 1:10 pm

Newsmakers or Snoozemakers: GMs to watch

From December 6-9, baseball's offseason will kick into high gear as team officials, agents, players and media descend upon Orlando, Fla. This week, MLB Facts and Rumors will preview an aspect of the Winter Meetings each day. Today: The top 5 GMs expected to make noise at the meetings, plus those who should remain quiet.

There figures to be plenty of action at the Winter Meetings and much of it will happen on the floor with agents, media and team representatives, but those responsible for all the machinations will be ensconced in hotel suites, directing the action from above.

While some hotel suites will have plenty of neighbors looking over with a scowl at all the noise, others figure to stay quiet -- well, as quiet as one can amongst the hubbub, anyways. Let's look at who figures to be splashed among the headlines and those who will wait for another day.


Moore Dayton Moore (pictured): Moore has perhaps the best player on the trade market (unless one wants to pitch in Adrian Gonzalez' name) in Zack Greinke, but Greinke ain't going anywhere until Cliff Lee signs -- and even then it's a big if.

While one can't rule out Cliff Lee signing next week, there stands a good chance that may not come to fruition until the week or two after the winter meetings. Remember, Mark Teixeira inked with the Yankees January 6. Lee's market is more defined and aggressive than Teix, but the fact remains: the Lee saga could be far from over.

Sure, Moore figures to make his annual overpay for a mediocre player (cough Jeff Francouer cough), but that'll get overshadowed and is essentially a non-story anyways until K.C.'s baby boom arrives.

Sandy Alderson : Alderson was thought to be close to a deal with starting pitcher Chris Young, although those talks have not progressed as quickly as originally thought. This is roughly the caliber of player New York will be seeking. The core of the team (both financial and talent-wise) is already on the club. It's Alderson's job to supplement the team with the best opportunity to win in 2011 with the resources it has, while leaving the future (as immediate as 2012) open for making the team the way Alderson wants it.

That leaves Alderson discussing deals with lower-tier free agents, not enough for people to really sit up and take attention of at this point. However, his has been a bit of an aggressive free-agent market, so while lower-tier names usually don't fly off the board early, Alderson could net some in Orlando. Alderson is also thought to be trying to clear out salary, but that won't be easy to do and any proposed deal that hits the rumor page doesn't make sense.

Michael Hill
: Larry Beinfest is still attached to the Marlins publicly in his role as president for any moves in baseball operations, but Michael Hill is the general manager in name and practice so he is the one of record making the moves Florida has done lately. And they've been plenty: trading Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller and signing John Buck along with Javier Vazquez.

Is Florida done? No. Are they nearly done? Yep. Florida could stand to add one more bat, either at second, third or center, but may choose not to do so. The Marlins have wrapped up so much of their business quickly that there simply isn't much left to do.

Neal Huntington: The Pirates aren't high on anyone 's wish list, so even if Huntington is much in the same position as Alderson in only being able to afford mid- and lower-tier free agents as the Bucs desperately try to reverse the stink of 2010, no players will be signing in town anytime soon. There are no major trades on the horizon either.

Dan O'Dowd : O'Dowd is in a similar situation to Hill in that he's made most of his major moves. A mega-million extension for Troy Tulowitzki and enticing Jorge de la Rosa back to town were his grand strokes. Up next is fortifying the bench and infield, which may be done with a trade of Seth Smith or Ryan Spilborghs which would only register as a minor rumble on the Winter Meetings-ometer.

Ah, but as Michael Buffer (pictured) is famous for saying, these GMs figure to be prominently displayed...


Brian Cashman : Cashman has his fingers in pretty much every major storyline this offseason. Let's look:
  • The No. 1 free agent target in the market, Cliff Lee, is the apple of New York's eye and they are determined to outspend everyone for his services.
  • The best position player on the market in Carl Crawford would be best served in seeing the Lee saga to play out in case the Yankees become a suitor. Jayson Werth's suitors will crystallize with Crawford off the block, so his own timeline is delayed.
  • The Yankees have the resources and may have the desire to get Zack Greinke from the Royals. The latest scuttlebutt has Greinke willing to waive his no-trade clause even for New York.
  • The public brouhaha between the Yankees and Jeter has been a major plot for a league-average player at this point in his career because of all the implications therein. The Yankees are dominating the media with this topic.
  • Oh, and about that greatest closer of all-time? Yeah, Mariano Rivera and New York may be edging closer to a contract extension that could be announced at the meetings to give the Yankees an injection of goodwill.
  • Yep, another bullet point. Don't forget about Andy Pettitte, trying to decide between retirement or rejoining the Yankees.
Dave Dombrowski : The Tigers have been very busy this offseason so far, snaring Joaquin Benoit and Victor Martinez while re-upping with Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta. A big outlay has been made, but the Tigers aren't done just yet. The club could stand to add another starting pitcher and definitely need to add an outfielder. You can't rule Jayson Werth out, although Detroit figures to shoot lower.

Andrew Friedman
: Friedman has a major task ahead of him in rebuilding the Rays back to the level they achieved just months ago in the 2010 season. He has to start over with a bullpen while replacing Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena. The two major trade chips are Jason Bartlett and to a lesser extent, either Matt Garza or James Shields. Bartlett should be moved quickly, but Tampa's work will be far from done. The club needs to get as many chips as it can in order during the meetings.

Kenny Williams: No Winter Meeting is complete without a patented Kenny Williams move. Unafraid to be aggressive in free agency and trades, Williams always seems to have something cooking. The team needs a catcher, outfielder and could even strike for a third or first baseman. How good would Adam Dunn look on that club?

Tony Reagins
: The Angels have sure been quiet for a team expected to make a splash. Where's the Adrian Beltre signing? The flash of bulbs as Carl Crawford holds up his jersey? Rafael Soriano grinning as he assumes the mantle of closer?

You may see all (or some) of those at the Winter Meetings. The Angels have been laying in wait, shuffling their cards behind the scenes and could be poised to break through.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:02 am

Rangers prepared to offer five years to Lee

Lee The Rangers are prepared to make an offer to keep star left-handed starter Cliff Lee, reports the New York Post .

The team is willing to go to five years to retain Lee, but it's not clear if five years will be in the original tender. Lee is thought to have a five- or six-year offer in hand from New York, and Texas believes New York will pay Lee $23 million a year.

The Rangers already know they can't top that average annual salary, but are hoping the absence of a state tax and proximity to his Arkansas home will be selling points. Club officials are split on whether Lee will return.

Texas has already prepared backup plans for Lee, although one of them likely dissipated when Jorge de la Rosa chose to return to Colorado. That may be why the Rangers want a resolution shortly, so other backup plans (Zack Greinke?) remain feasible.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 9:57 am

Red Sox hard after Crawford, Werth

Werth It's been a quiet offseason for the Red Sox so far, but things may be about to blow up.

The Boston Herald reports that Boston is "working hard behind the scenes" to get one of Carl Crawford or Jayson Werth (pictured) into Fenway Park.

Any deal for Werth or Crawford is expected to top John Lackey's free-agent deal with the club for five years and $82.5 million. That is the biggest contract outlay to date new ownership has committed to a player, with J.D. Drew's five-year, $70 million pact the litmus test for a position player.

Werth is requesting a six-year deal, Crawford eight. Both sides figure to have to settle for one year less, with the average annual salary increasing as a result of the concession.

There hasn't been any rumors of Werth or Crawford coming close to signing a deal just yet, although the Angels are courting Crawford heavily.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:32 pm

10 teams talking to Webb

Brandon Webb Add the Pirates to the teams interested in former Cy Young Award-winner Brandon Webb.

Webb's agent, Jonathan Maurer, tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 's Dejan Kovacevic that the Pirates are "one of a number of teams that are interested."

CBSSports.com has learned as many as 10 teams have expressed interest in Webb. Reports have tied the Nationals and Cubs to Webb, while the Rangers, Rockies and Twins are among other suitors.

Webb, 31, won the Cy Young in 2006, but hasn't pitched since opening day of 2009, when he suffered a shoulder injury.

Webb pitched for the Diamondbacks in an instructional league game in October, throwing in front of a reported 21 teams. He topped out at 85 mph in that outing, but Maurer said his client was "about 75-80 percent of his usual strength."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 30, 2010 10:51 pm

Balfour declines arbitration

Grant Balfour Most of the time nobody blinks when a Type-A free agent declines an arbitration offer, because most of the time there's more money in free agency than in arbitration.

However, for middle relievers, it's not quite so obvious. That's why it was a small surprise to see Tampa Bay's Grant Balfour turn down arbitration from the Rays.

"I'll take my chances on what I've done the past few years," Balfour told the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin . "I believe there's a multi-year deal out there for me."

Some teams are reluctant to give up a draft pick in order to sign a middle reliever that's a Type A free agent.

Balfour, who will be 23 in December, has appeared in 203 games with the Rays since joining them from Milwaukee in 2007. With the Rays he's gone 14-7 with a 3.33 ERA. Last season he was 2-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 57 games, striking out 56 while walking 17 in 55 1/3 innings.

Keep up with all the arbitration decisions here .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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